You may feel like you and the one you love are having a private “Gilligan’s Island” experience when you explore the deserted soft white sands of this private islet, dotted with swaying palms. Take a dip in the crystal-clear water, go snorkeling and enjoy kayaking and other watersports activities. Or sit back and just enjoy the scene. Your beach break includes tasty tropical drinks and a barbecue lunch. Optional excursions explore the quiet island of Tahaa, known as “Vanilla Island” thanks to its numerous, family owned vanilla plantations, some of which welcome visitors, Most Tahitian vanilla is grown on the island, and there is a lovely scent of the spice in the air. You’ll find here, too, the unique opportunity to experience drift snorkeling in a coral garden, the current carrying you through shallow waters to view the colorful coral and resident schools of small fish. Jet ski tours around a scenic lagoon add an adrenaline rush to your island experience.
popular shore excursions
Coral Garden Drift Snorkeling
Ride by covered motorized boat to the west coast of Tahaa to discover the beauty of the island. You’ll leave the boat and walk across an uninhabited motu (islet) off the coast. Start your snorkeling experience from the other side of the motu, and your guide will lead you as the current will carry you through the shallow lagoon on the way back to the boat. The area teems with a spectacular variety of tropical fish and amazing corals. The richness of this coral garden is unique in Polynesia!
Scenic Exploration of Tahaa
You’ll depart from the dock of Patio in an off-road vehicle for a drive across one of the highest mountains on this island. Your Tahaa guide will point out sites along the way before stopping at a scenic viewpoint, where you’ll discover the traditional use of local plants and trees. You can also sample the various local fruits and learn the tamure, a Tahitian dance. The island of Tahaa is often called Vanilla Island and you’ll learn about this fragrant spice while visiting a family plantation. You will also visit a black pearl farm to learn how these treasures are cultivated and harvested. These small “cottage industries” represent a large part of this island’s economic structure. During the return drive on the east coast of the island, your guide will continue to entertain you with tales of island life. This is an exclusive tour offering the best views of Tahaa and is a great way to meet the locals and hear their traditions.
Vanilla Plantation & Snorkeling
An ancient legend says that Raiatea and Tahaa were originally one island until a giant eel swallowed a young girl. Possessed by her spirit, the enraged creature broke through the surface of the earth, causing the sea to gush. The impact of the water cut the island in two and Raiatea and Tahaa were created. You will board a motorized boat and start your excursion gliding on the tranquil lagoon. Tahaa is often called “the vanilla island.” You will learn about this fragrant spice while visiting a small family plantation. A short walk is necessary to reach the farm. Take this opportunity to bring back souvenirs for your loved ones. After your visit, you will board your motorized boat for an enjoyable ride on the turquoises waters and stop for a snorkeling opportunity where you might encounter stingrays and reef sharks.